The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is facing criticisms for paying a consultant nearly £1,000 a day for 66 days to head its new specialist enforcement unit.
New data has revealed more than 300 serious welfare breaches during live transport of animals in recent years.
A ban on the mechanical harvesting of kelp around Scotland's coast is to be backed by the Scottish Government, putting a company's controversial plans at risk.
Information on individuals barred from working with children will no longer be shared with Scotland’s criminal records disclosure agency after Brexit, ministers have been warned.
Glasgow City Council was paid less than £35,000 over five years by film companies for numerous street closures and location shooting, despite claims of a film and TV boom.
An anti-fascist group is organising a demonstration to protest against the appearance in Scotland of former Trump advisor, Steve Bannon.
Scottish Government minister Michael Russell said such hunting should be "stopped immediately".
People issued with a fine for dropping litter in eight Scottish council areas faced no chance of being referred to the courts if they simply refused to pay, The Ferret can reveal.
Homeless people are often charged by local authorities for storing their personal belongings after they lose their accommodation.